LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Studio City, CA

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Cassi T
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
Are you exhausted from feeling trapped by constant stress and anxiety? Like you haven't taken a full breath today... Deepen your connection to life and light through psychodynamic therapy informed by the body mind connection. I work with clients in their late teens (15+) and adults with a variety of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, life transitions, self-esteem, chronic pain, and compounded trauma to name a few. As a neurodivergent queer therapist, I love serving the queer community and uniquely analytical community.
Are you exhausted from feeling trapped by constant stress and anxiety? Like you haven't taken a full breath today... Deepen your connection to life and light through psychodynamic therapy informed by the body mind connection. I work with clients in their late teens (15+) and adults with a variety of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, life transitions, self-esteem, chronic pain, and compounded trauma to name a few. As a neurodivergent queer therapist, I love serving the queer community and uniquely analytical community.
(424) 622-6292 View (424) 622-6292
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Dr. Lou Bigelow
Registered Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
I work with LGBTQ+ people experiencing grief and loss, supporting you through life’s biggest challenges toward transformation and wholeness. When things feel like they’re falling apart, it is important to take time to allow the immensity of the event to be felt. I will be with you in the falling and also help you anchor into your personal truths and strengths, ultimately leading to greater richness in life. Therapy with me offers space to realign with your deepest self and who you want to be. I will work collaboratively with you to understand the challenges you face and connect to the wisdom within.
I work with LGBTQ+ people experiencing grief and loss, supporting you through life’s biggest challenges toward transformation and wholeness. When things feel like they’re falling apart, it is important to take time to allow the immensity of the event to be felt. I will be with you in the falling and also help you anchor into your personal truths and strengths, ultimately leading to greater richness in life. Therapy with me offers space to realign with your deepest self and who you want to be. I will work collaboratively with you to understand the challenges you face and connect to the wisdom within.
(213) 973-8386 View (213) 973-8386
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Christina Castorena
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
As a queer, woman of color I've had my fair share of life adventures and introspection to know that therapy can be difficult but very rewarding.
Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost - J.R.R. Tolkien. Therapy is a unique type of wandering. It's a journey that begins by taking a step inward with an understanding that self-reflection and introspection have purpose. Your purpose and motivation is unique to you. You could be motivated by growth, healing, connection, love or pain. Knowing your motivation will help you stay focused and persevere through your journey.
As a queer, woman of color I've had my fair share of life adventures and introspection to know that therapy can be difficult but very rewarding.
Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost - J.R.R. Tolkien. Therapy is a unique type of wandering. It's a journey that begins by taking a step inward with an understanding that self-reflection and introspection have purpose. Your purpose and motivation is unique to you. You could be motivated by growth, healing, connection, love or pain. Knowing your motivation will help you stay focused and persevere through your journey.
(818) 810-7847 View (818) 810-7847
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Craig A Curtis
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, LMFT, #116015
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
I welcome any and all, including those who are LGBT and/or with PTSD, traumatized and addictive personalities as well as personal and interpersonal struggles.
“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” Shakespeare: The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. To be human is to suffer. What we do with that suffering is our choice to make. Psychotherapy has to do with suffering, healing, and a serious contemplation of the deepest things in a person. I hope to meet you where you are and move with you at your own pace and desire.
I welcome any and all, including those who are LGBT and/or with PTSD, traumatized and addictive personalities as well as personal and interpersonal struggles.
“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” Shakespeare: The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. To be human is to suffer. What we do with that suffering is our choice to make. Psychotherapy has to do with suffering, healing, and a serious contemplation of the deepest things in a person. I hope to meet you where you are and move with you at your own pace and desire.
(747) 221-1251 View (747) 221-1251
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Gabriel Cooper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MPhil, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
I provide depth therapy for adults navigating complex issues and relationships. I hold graduate degrees from Cambridge and Northwestern with clinical expertise in: ADHD, addiction, anxiety, chronic illness, depression, grief, marriage/dating, men's issues, self-esteem, and trauma. I have a special passion for working with LGBTQ folks and men. In our therapy, I stand right beside you exploring life challenges and growing your personal edges. You don't have to go it alone.
I provide depth therapy for adults navigating complex issues and relationships. I hold graduate degrees from Cambridge and Northwestern with clinical expertise in: ADHD, addiction, anxiety, chronic illness, depression, grief, marriage/dating, men's issues, self-esteem, and trauma. I have a special passion for working with LGBTQ folks and men. In our therapy, I stand right beside you exploring life challenges and growing your personal edges. You don't have to go it alone.
(818) 732-0777 View (818) 732-0777
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Jeremy Thacker
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
I specialize in helping people struggling with sexuality & relationships, grief/loss, and LGBTQ+ issues. That includes anyone who has grown up feeling unaccepted as their authentic self or experienced the loss of a loved one. I especially understand the deep impact of childhood trauma and how to approach healing. I believe healing begins with connection. Good therapy is a safe place where all parts of you are welcome! The trust we build together comes with an open invitation to explore the protected parts of yourself at your own pace.
I specialize in helping people struggling with sexuality & relationships, grief/loss, and LGBTQ+ issues. That includes anyone who has grown up feeling unaccepted as their authentic self or experienced the loss of a loved one. I especially understand the deep impact of childhood trauma and how to approach healing. I believe healing begins with connection. Good therapy is a safe place where all parts of you are welcome! The trust we build together comes with an open invitation to explore the protected parts of yourself at your own pace.
(323) 834-2420 View (323) 834-2420
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Julia M Schwab
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
As a therapist who welcomes and affirms the LGBTQIA+ community, my specialization lies in working with the transgender, gender non-conforming, gender queer individuals, as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning. Starting therapy might evoke apprehension, but rest assured, I am warm, empathetic, and fully engaged to support you during life's most challenging moments. Together, we will explore the obstacles and patterns that might be hindering your desired life, pushing beyond limits to attain a more enriching and fulfilling life.
As a therapist who welcomes and affirms the LGBTQIA+ community, my specialization lies in working with the transgender, gender non-conforming, gender queer individuals, as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning. Starting therapy might evoke apprehension, but rest assured, I am warm, empathetic, and fully engaged to support you during life's most challenging moments. Together, we will explore the obstacles and patterns that might be hindering your desired life, pushing beyond limits to attain a more enriching and fulfilling life.
(818) 696-4514 View (818) 696-4514
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Rebecca Gitlin (She | Her)
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Studio City, CA 91604
Not accepting new clients
My doctoral training included dual emphases in LGBTQ+ Psychology and Diversity & Community Mental Health.
Los Angeles is not an easy city, and these are not easy times. I invite individuals who are navigating identity, relationships, health, and trauma to my practice. I specialize in working within a gender affirming and trauma-informed framework, cultivating our strengths in order to build a life that feels sustainable and true to who we are. I especially welcome those who are new to psychotherapy and am a firm believer in demystifying the process. I approach my practice with warmth, cultural humility, an active and collaborative stance, and authenticity.
My doctoral training included dual emphases in LGBTQ+ Psychology and Diversity & Community Mental Health.
Los Angeles is not an easy city, and these are not easy times. I invite individuals who are navigating identity, relationships, health, and trauma to my practice. I specialize in working within a gender affirming and trauma-informed framework, cultivating our strengths in order to build a life that feels sustainable and true to who we are. I especially welcome those who are new to psychotherapy and am a firm believer in demystifying the process. I approach my practice with warmth, cultural humility, an active and collaborative stance, and authenticity.
(818) 214-7534 View (818) 214-7534
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Shayna Harvey
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
Relationships are complex. You're having frequent, intense arguments and lacking effective communication. You're stuck in the same cycle and needing some serious change. I specialize in guiding couples and partners toward building stronger, more fulfilling relationships. Together, we will work to find the the parts needed to move forward in a way that transforms the relationship as a whole. As an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, I am deeply committed to providing inclusive support.
Relationships are complex. You're having frequent, intense arguments and lacking effective communication. You're stuck in the same cycle and needing some serious change. I specialize in guiding couples and partners toward building stronger, more fulfilling relationships. Together, we will work to find the the parts needed to move forward in a way that transforms the relationship as a whole. As an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, I am deeply committed to providing inclusive support.
(323) 761-7579 View (323) 761-7579
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James Dvorak
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
(424) 401-3903 View (424) 401-3903
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Moushumi Ghose, MFT & Los Angeles Sex Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
At Los Angeles Sex Therapy (LAST) my team of therapists specialize in sex therapy, sex-positive therapy, kink-positive therapy for non monogamous, polyamorous, LGBTQIA, gender variant, sex worker/erotic laborers, BIPOC and supporting you towards trust, connection, pleasure, healing relational stress/tension/trauma. We offer somatic sex therapy, emotion focused therapy, and trauma centered (both systemic/social and personal). We address harmful constructs which affect sexuality, gender expression and relationships. We are 100% virtual.
At Los Angeles Sex Therapy (LAST) my team of therapists specialize in sex therapy, sex-positive therapy, kink-positive therapy for non monogamous, polyamorous, LGBTQIA, gender variant, sex worker/erotic laborers, BIPOC and supporting you towards trust, connection, pleasure, healing relational stress/tension/trauma. We offer somatic sex therapy, emotion focused therapy, and trauma centered (both systemic/social and personal). We address harmful constructs which affect sexuality, gender expression and relationships. We are 100% virtual.
(323) 701-0936 View (323) 701-0936
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Dr. Karla Mayorga
Psychologist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
I specialized in helping adult individuals that are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, relationship, LGBTQ+, school/vocational, women, men, grief, trauma, immigration, & cultural issues.
You are probably looking for immediate help due to a crisis or some pressing issue. You might be struggling with test anxiety or may need help dealing with a break-up and/or finding your soul mate. You might also be curious about therapy & what it can do. I am glad you found me & I am here to help you achieve a better tomorrow. I provide a warm and nonjudgmental environment where you can feel comfortable and at ease. The therapeutic work is a collaborative effort between therapist & client. If you are ready to make changes, let's do it together. Remember, Hope plus action equal success. Today is the best day to start. Call me!
I specialized in helping adult individuals that are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, relationship, LGBTQ+, school/vocational, women, men, grief, trauma, immigration, & cultural issues.
You are probably looking for immediate help due to a crisis or some pressing issue. You might be struggling with test anxiety or may need help dealing with a break-up and/or finding your soul mate. You might also be curious about therapy & what it can do. I am glad you found me & I am here to help you achieve a better tomorrow. I provide a warm and nonjudgmental environment where you can feel comfortable and at ease. The therapeutic work is a collaborative effort between therapist & client. If you are ready to make changes, let's do it together. Remember, Hope plus action equal success. Today is the best day to start. Call me!
(747) 285-7050 View (747) 285-7050
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Cindy Scherban
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
As a clinician with over 25 years of experience, I guide my clients through their journey of self-discovery by providing a safe, private and non-judgemental environment. It is an interactive process of identifying areas of concern and potential roadblocks that may impede your ability to live a full and meaningful life. I work with individuals and couples ranging in age from pre-teen to older adults. The primary areas of focus are issues concerning; depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual molestation, grief & loss, health concerns, transgender, work & career issues, infertility, adoption & post-partum depression.
As a clinician with over 25 years of experience, I guide my clients through their journey of self-discovery by providing a safe, private and non-judgemental environment. It is an interactive process of identifying areas of concern and potential roadblocks that may impede your ability to live a full and meaningful life. I work with individuals and couples ranging in age from pre-teen to older adults. The primary areas of focus are issues concerning; depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual molestation, grief & loss, health concerns, transgender, work & career issues, infertility, adoption & post-partum depression.
(818) 788-7793 View (818) 788-7793
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Jennie Steinberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
I support ADHD adults (especially women, transgender, and non-binary people) through all stages of life, but am particularly passionate about supporting people navigating questions of family planning, infertility, pregnancy, and the transition to new parenthood.
I've worked with adults who have ADHD for 15 years, and I've been one for my entire life. I believe that ADHD is a superpower, and that neurodivergent adults are some of the most creative, interesting, empathic, and thoughtful people in the world. But navigating our society with a brain that isn't built for it can be fraught, and can lead to anxiety, depression, and self-esteem challenges. I help clients to untangle this web, and build a life that works with their brain, rather than trying to squish their fabulous brains into a pre-established box.
I support ADHD adults (especially women, transgender, and non-binary people) through all stages of life, but am particularly passionate about supporting people navigating questions of family planning, infertility, pregnancy, and the transition to new parenthood.
I've worked with adults who have ADHD for 15 years, and I've been one for my entire life. I believe that ADHD is a superpower, and that neurodivergent adults are some of the most creative, interesting, empathic, and thoughtful people in the world. But navigating our society with a brain that isn't built for it can be fraught, and can lead to anxiety, depression, and self-esteem challenges. I help clients to untangle this web, and build a life that works with their brain, rather than trying to squish their fabulous brains into a pre-established box.
(323) 849-2878 View (323) 849-2878
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Lori (Lo) LeChien
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Studio City, CA 91604
With an antiracist and LGBTQIA+ affirming perspective, I take a systemic approach that considers the social, economic and cultural contexts of each client.
Welcome to a safe and supportive space where you’re encouraged to tap into your creativity, playfulness, and self-expression! I’m a forward-thinking therapist who works with adults, children/teens, couples and families eager to make changes. If you’re on a journey of identity and self-exploration, battle addiction or codependency, have difficulties navigating and establishing boundaries, and/or suffer with anxiety, depression or childhood/family trauma, you’re not alone. You can move beyond feeling stuck or hurt. You can break harmful patterns and build healthy, sustainable relationships.
With an antiracist and LGBTQIA+ affirming perspective, I take a systemic approach that considers the social, economic and cultural contexts of each client.
Welcome to a safe and supportive space where you’re encouraged to tap into your creativity, playfulness, and self-expression! I’m a forward-thinking therapist who works with adults, children/teens, couples and families eager to make changes. If you’re on a journey of identity and self-exploration, battle addiction or codependency, have difficulties navigating and establishing boundaries, and/or suffer with anxiety, depression or childhood/family trauma, you’re not alone. You can move beyond feeling stuck or hurt. You can break harmful patterns and build healthy, sustainable relationships.
(323) 402-5873 View (323) 402-5873
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Charles Adrian Bewley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
All couples are welcome - heterosexual, same-sex, trans, monogamous, open relationships.
One of the best things my dad ever said to me was: Unless you believe in reincarnation, it’s time to be happy now. (Personally, I think this applies even if you do believe in reincarnation.) How to make the most of our time, our relationships, and ourselves - for me, these are the key questions that led me to become a marriage and family therapist. Along with traditional talk therapy, I use EMDR (if desired), as well as IFS, to help you work through present challenges and past difficult experiences so that you can live more freely in the here and now - unencumbered by old self-defeating beliefs and fears.
All couples are welcome - heterosexual, same-sex, trans, monogamous, open relationships.
One of the best things my dad ever said to me was: Unless you believe in reincarnation, it’s time to be happy now. (Personally, I think this applies even if you do believe in reincarnation.) How to make the most of our time, our relationships, and ourselves - for me, these are the key questions that led me to become a marriage and family therapist. Along with traditional talk therapy, I use EMDR (if desired), as well as IFS, to help you work through present challenges and past difficult experiences so that you can live more freely in the here and now - unencumbered by old self-defeating beliefs and fears.
(747) 205-1104 View (747) 205-1104
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Robin Gans Psy.D A Psychological Corp
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
I believe that a life well examined is a life worth living. It's important to truly know yourself, and what your strengths and limitations are. My focus in treatment is based upon your goals for therapy, and what outcome you are hoping for. I have done much work within the LGBTQ + Community, and with couples across all ethnicities and orientations. Couples bring their own personal histories and experiences into the their relationships forming "unconscious contracts" with each other. I help them understand what those are between each other, in order to help them have a better understanding of why they chose each other.
I believe that a life well examined is a life worth living. It's important to truly know yourself, and what your strengths and limitations are. My focus in treatment is based upon your goals for therapy, and what outcome you are hoping for. I have done much work within the LGBTQ + Community, and with couples across all ethnicities and orientations. Couples bring their own personal histories and experiences into the their relationships forming "unconscious contracts" with each other. I help them understand what those are between each other, in order to help them have a better understanding of why they chose each other.
(818) 962-4546 View (818) 962-4546
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Kate Ettinger
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Studio City, CA 91604
Not accepting new clients
She is staunchly LGBTQIA+ affirmative and welcomes clients from many diverse backgrounds, and is comfortable working with clients who identify as non-monogamous.
Kate firmly believes that the quality of our relationships is one of the most significant contributing factors to our quality of life. For this reason, she is committed to helping her clients repair and strengthen their relationships, so that they can withstand the many pressures and stresses of life. Kate helps her clients to better understand how they show up in partnership, and to shift the relational behaviors that may be standing in the way of building healthy, long-lasting connection. The goal of therapy is a resilient relationship where partners can grow, evolve, and come together as they journey through life.
She is staunchly LGBTQIA+ affirmative and welcomes clients from many diverse backgrounds, and is comfortable working with clients who identify as non-monogamous.
Kate firmly believes that the quality of our relationships is one of the most significant contributing factors to our quality of life. For this reason, she is committed to helping her clients repair and strengthen their relationships, so that they can withstand the many pressures and stresses of life. Kate helps her clients to better understand how they show up in partnership, and to shift the relational behaviors that may be standing in the way of building healthy, long-lasting connection. The goal of therapy is a resilient relationship where partners can grow, evolve, and come together as they journey through life.
(818) 351-1679 View (818) 351-1679
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Bryce McDavitt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
With over twenty years experience in LGBTQ counseling, research, and teaching, I have a deep understanding of our community. Among LGBTQ individuals anxiety and depression may involve feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, interpersonal sensitivity, or addictions. The roots of these struggles can vary, but it helps to have a therapist who grasps the alienating impact of growing up in a world that disavows the core of who we are. I will help you address these issues, and others, through a deeper approach that can feel energizing, challenging, and even liberating.
With over twenty years experience in LGBTQ counseling, research, and teaching, I have a deep understanding of our community. Among LGBTQ individuals anxiety and depression may involve feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, interpersonal sensitivity, or addictions. The roots of these struggles can vary, but it helps to have a therapist who grasps the alienating impact of growing up in a world that disavows the core of who we are. I will help you address these issues, and others, through a deeper approach that can feel energizing, challenging, and even liberating.
(323) 801-8123 View (323) 801-8123
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Iliyana Yonova
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist holding a Master’s degree in Clinical psychology with an emphasis on LGBTQ affirmative psychotherapy. My areas of work include: addiction, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem. I utilize a range of contemporary psychological theories such as psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My goal is to assist clients to connect to their authentic selves, overcome negative thinking, unhealthy behaviors, and reinforce positive self-talk.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist holding a Master’s degree in Clinical psychology with an emphasis on LGBTQ affirmative psychotherapy. My areas of work include: addiction, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem. I utilize a range of contemporary psychological theories such as psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My goal is to assist clients to connect to their authentic selves, overcome negative thinking, unhealthy behaviors, and reinforce positive self-talk.
(323) 366-4117 View (323) 366-4117
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LGBTQ+ Therapists

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialized training, either during their degree program or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalization in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialized training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.